My current work in progress:

Veronika Cardigan, designed by Shannon Cook, knit from YOTH Daughter in the Black Truffle colorway, using U.S. size 8 needles.

No Time to Blog

Because I am busy working on this:

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And Lucy is busy working on this:

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You Mean This Isn’t a Cupholder?

Spotted in my bathroom:

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The fact that I am using the toothbrush thingie in my bathroom as a stand for my soda is a sign that today is Clear Out Day. I’ve been tidying up in one of the bathrooms, and I’ve got to have my beverage, right? I usually try to do some mucking out over Labor Day weekend. I get rid of clothes that have been marinating in my closet, never to be worn again, and try to generally reorganize things. Lookie here:

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A new shoe organizer/cubby! Stuff like this makes me happy.

Clou Winners

The Random Number Generator has done its job and picked four commenters to win one skein each of Gedifra Clou. Those four are: Rose-Marie, Elsie, Sheryl, and Jan E.

I have emailed each of you. And a big thank you to everyone who left a comment.

In answer to an oft-asked question in the comments, the scrubbie does a nice job of being a scrubbie. It is softer than a nylon net scrubbie, but it certainly works. If you find the nylon net ones too harsh, you’ll like this.

Okay, back to the general muck-out/clean-up. But before I go, photos of my shetland shawl for Johanne, who would likely stop speaking to me if I neglected to post a picture or two.

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And a close-up:

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And a pic of what Lucy is doing this long weekend:

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Project Scrubbie

Do y’all use a nylon net scrubbie? You know what I mean — one of these:

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Well, yesterday the center cord on mine came undone and I was left holding approximately 4 yards of wet nylon net. I smooshed it back together and tied the cord around it again, but it will never be quite the same again.

Then I remembered something. A few years ago, there was a pattern in Knitty for a bath puff called Bonbon. I bought the yarn called for, Gedifra Clou, and stuck it in my stash room, thinking I’d make a couple. Of course I never did.

Gedifra Clou is a 100% nylon tape yarn — considered super bulky. And now discontinued.

Yesterday I went into the depths of the stash room ISO my Gedifra Clou. and I actually found it in the space of minutes! I was going to knit a Bonbon, but decided, hey, just for fun, I think I’ll winkle something together myself. Why do things the easy way?

Here’s the result:

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I started out with U.S. size 10 needles and woo doggies! Not big enough! I dug out a set of U.S. size 15 needles and cast on again.

By the way, doing a longtail cast on with super bulky nylon tape and size 15 needles is . . . weird.

Just for grins, I wrote up the pattern for this and you can get it (in pdf format) here. It’s also linked to from the free patterns page.

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Yeah, the yarn is discontinued. But I did a yarn search in Ravelry for bulky and super bulky yarns in nylon and/or cotton and came up with a few alternatives, which are mentioned in the pattern. I also noticed that there are people on Ravelry who have Gedifra Clou that they are willing to destash.

And of course, I have more than one skein. You didn’t really think I had bought just one, did you?

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Want a skein of my Gedrifa Clou yarn? Leave a comment to this blog post by Sunday September 6 at noon Eastern Time, and I will have the random number generator draw four names to receive a skein each of my yarn.

Lucy Sez

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“That doesn’t look like a toy for me.”

New Stuff

My shetland stole is coming along nicely. See?

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It is so much fun to knit. Well, I’m still on the first skein of yarn, so we’ll see how I feel about that when I’m on the 4th 400-yard skein. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is where this work-in-progress lives:

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It’s a custom bag from my buddy Michelle at Three Bags Full. Don’t you love the fabric?

I asked Michelle to do a small-ish tote bag for me specifically for my lace projects. I asked for this specific size (12 x 12″) and shorter handles. Most tote bags come with slightly longer handles, so that the bag can be carried on one shoulder. Well, I’ve stopped carrying any bags on my shoulder. (This came about a year ago when my right hand went numb, courtesy of some cervical disk problems. The neurologist ordered me to cease and desist using shoulder bags. Oh, and my primary doc, who I went to first, told me to stop knitting until they figured out what the problem was.)

Anyway, I wanted a bag with shorter handles so that it wouldn’t drag on the ground when I carried it in my hand. And this is perfect!

More new stuff . . .

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Stitchmarkers from my BFF Muriel. Aren’t they adorable?

As some of you know, Muriel is Tempted Yarns Stacy’s sister. And more of Muriel’s stitchmarkers are up for sale at the Tempted Yarns etsy shop. Just sayin’ . . .

So, tonight I am going to forgo knitting on the Shetland Stole to whip up a quick necessity. I’ll tell you how that went tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lucy Sez

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“Surely a new toy for me is a necessity?”

Now Hear This

The Faro Easy Shawl pattern is now available for sale in my Ravelry shop, or from the link below, for $5.00 (delivered via pdf download):

buy now Now Hear This

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An easy Faroese-style shawl knit from the bottom up that takes 600 – 650 yards of dk/light worsted yarn.

Size:
Unblocked: 54โ€ across the top edge (wingspan), 22โ€ down the center back
Lightly Blocked: 72โ€ across the top edge (wingspan), 26โ€ down the center back

On To the Shawl at Hand

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Actually, I’m cheating. This is a photo from Sunday night. I’ve made a bit more progress since then.

The lace looks a bit dense, but when blocked will open up nicely. It may look complex but is pretty easy to execute — just yarnovers, k2tog, and “sl 1 k2tog psso.” The only tricky bit is that you are sometimes working a decrease into a yarnover from the previous row. If you don’t have pointy needles, it can be a bit tricky. But I am using my nicely pointy Addi Lace needles.

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My other project:

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A sock from Madeline Tosh sock yarn, in the Malachite colorway. This is my current commuter knitting. I’d have a bit more progress but this morning noticed something boneheaded I had done about 6 rounds down, so spent the morning commute dropping down and fixing it.

New Kitty!

Look at my new kitty!

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I installed Snow Leopard on my iMac yesterday. Installation went without a hitch and took a little under an hour. It’s too early for me to comment on the changes this OS upgrade hath wrought, but everything seems to be working properly, so that’s a good thing. I have noticed that things are faster all-over

Lucy Sez

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“Huh. Some kitty.”